Pochettino: It's Eriksen's right to do what he wants

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"He will have lots of messages that he wants to give the team, I know that because I'm still pretty new here".

The result, coupled with Liverpool's defeat to Manchester City on Thursday, leaves Spurs in third-place - six points behind Jurgen Klopp's leaders.

"But always I told you, the club need to first of all be consistent in the top four and then think about challenging for trophies".

"What puts you in a different level is if you win the Premier League and you're capable of challenging every season for the Premier League, and if you play Champions League and you really believe and you're a real contender one day to win the Champions League".

"To win the Carabao Cup and be in the middle of the table in the Premier League I think today we are not talking how we are talking here".

Prior to this season, Tranmere Rovers have spent the last three years having to qualify for the first round proper during their time as a non-league club while tonight's opponents Tottenham Hotspur have reached the semi-finals of the competition in both of the last two campaigns.

Pochettino was happy to reel off a list of clubs who have won trophies in the last few years but are now struggling in the league.

"For many people it's so important for us to win".

"But I think we are in a good way".

"But that doesn't mean that we are not focused on trying to win against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup or in the FA Cup".

Tottenham's title credentials will be further tested when in-form forward Son Heung-min leaves for the Asian Cup after the January 13 date with Manchester United, with the South Korea star to miss up to five competitive club matches. "But in our project at Tottenham we are completely different. we have bigger things than to focus only to win a trophy", Pochettino added.

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